In accordance with the Part 3A of the Competition Act 2002 (the Act), as amended the Minister was notified on the 9 December 2015 of the proposed acquisition of sole control of Local World Holdings Ltd by Trinity Mirror Plc. This followed the clearing of the proposed merger on competition grounds by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
In accordance with the Act, the Department undertook a 'Phase 1' examination of the merger in order to determine its potential effect on the plurality of media in the state. As a result of this examination the Minister made a determination, on 24 January 2016, that the proposed merger will not negatively affect the plurality of media in the state and as such that it may proceed. A copy of the Minister's determination can be found below.
Minister's Determination to Local World.pdf
Minister's Determination to Trinity Mirror.pdf
Phase 1 Examination